Category: 1st XV

Oban Triumph at Moffat 10’s!

Oban Lorne impress at Moffat Bellhaven 10’s Festival

 

Oban Lorne’s 1st XV and Ladies teams made the long trip to Moffat RFC on Saturday to take part in their first pre-season fixtures of the 2018/2019 season.

The 1st XV had their first outing under the guidance of new head coach Andrew Johnston while the Ladies had the consistency of Corrie Louw who will be hoping to build on what has been a very successful time for the team recently.

Both  teams have been working hard in pre season and have been eager to get going ahead of competitive fixtures now only a couple of weeks away.

A very youthful  1ST xv squad departed Oban for the long trip looking forward to the first chance to put all the training of the last few weeks into practice.

 

Oban first fixture was against Walkerburn who play in the East Regional leagues.

 

A strong performance from Oban saw them defeat the borders team by 24-0 Tries from Graham MacEachan x2 , Lorne MacLachlan and Radostin Maksimov.

 

Oban were quick to the breakdown and recycled ball well to run in 4 good tries.

 

Next game up was old foes Stewartry Rugby club. Oban have had some great games against the Dumfriesshire team over the last few seasons in West Division 1.

 

Again Oban showed good resilience in defence turning over a number of rucks and creating a couple of lovely tries for Lorne MacLachlan and Stanley Lister. Only conceding 1 break away try to win the game 14-7.

 

Next up were Annan another team Oban have played the last few seasons in Division 1. A very Physical Annan team capitalised on a couple of Oban mistakes to win this game 3 tries to Nil.

 

An shoulder injury to Radostin Maksimov meant he would miss the remainder of the tournament and meant Oban were down to a bare 10 men.

 

Oban had finished 2nd in their pool due to the number of tries scored and met Biggar RFC from National Division 2 in the Semi final.

 

Oban were a wee bit overawed playing a team from 3 divisions higher than them and made a number of errors on the kick offs to allow Biggar to race into a 3 try lead.

 

Oban then had a great spell of possession which saw them threaten the Biggar try line a number of times before eventually scoring a great team try rounded off by Iwan Rhys Roberts.

 

Oban can take some consolation in how they played against the eventual tournament winners. A wee bit more composure early on could have made a big difference.

 

Oban Coach Andrew Johnston was delighted with the performance on the day in what was his first competition in charge having taken over from Corrie Louw.

 

Notable performances from the McLachlan boys Callum and Lorne, a welcome return to Stanley Lister, an assured performance by the back line well controlled and managed by Finlay Carmichael and Graham MacEachan  and old head Roddy Morrison. There was also first senior games for Kieron Morrison and Robert Mclaughlin who performed well with lots more to come from these boys.

 

Thoughts now turn to Oban’s own tournament the Tower 10’s taking place a week on Saturday the 11th August.

 

Training has been going well over the first month and a healthy squad is developing with a number of bodies still to make an appearance.

 

Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the rugby club from 7-9pm. New players are welcome to come along and see what we can offer.

 

Meanwhile Oban Lorne Ladies took part in the Women’s section of the event with opposition from Annan and Stewartry.

 

Although missing a few key players a strong team carried on the journey to play in the festival for the first time. Moffat being the home town to Laura MacCormick gave a special feeling to the day for the Oban captain.

Oban opened the day with a tough game with Premiership side Stewartry ending in a 7-7 draw.

The second game against Annan was a hard match for Oban and  Oban lost out on this one by two scores.

Oban then took on Stewartry again with another draw between two well matched teams.

Another draw with Annan followed after a slow start to the game. Some strong words from Coach Corrie Louw followed at halftime aiding the team through a positive second half.

Oban improved again in their second Stewartry fixture winning comfortably.

A further win followed again with Annan as Oban ran out narrow winners.

The teams would face off again in the final that was played on the main pitch

Oban fielded a strong team, even with Annan being a league above, Oban Lorne ladies gave it their all and showed what they can do and came out with victory with a close score, 12-7.

Captain and local Laura MacCormick sunk to her knees on the final whistle. Oban Lorne ladies win their first silver wear of the season and will be hoping for more as they proceed in the BT National League 1. Another Achievement for the ladies was our very own Lucy Stewart winning ladies player of the tournament. Oban Lorne ladies training Tuesday and Thursday nights @7pm all welcome Glencruitten

 

 

Oban Lorne Prepare for 2018 Tower 10s

 

Oban Lorne will be hosting their second annual Tower 10s Festival on Saturday 11th of August at Glencruitten.

This year the club hope to have nine teams taking part including locals Isle of Mull RFC & Lochaber RFC, Hillhead Jordanhill RFC, Queensferry RFC, Inverness Craig Dunain RFC and the Edinburgh Clan RFC. Hosts Oban Lorne will be fielding two sides with a 1stXV taking art as well as an Oban High School Former Pupils side.

The first games kick off at 12 noon with the final expected to be played around 5pm.

Hopefully the event will build on a successful inaugural event last season.

The clubhouse bar and BBQ will be open all day from 12noon. All welcome to come along and support the teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Club Dinner and Awards

Oban Lorne 2018 Club Dinner and awards night

Oban Lorne RFC hosted their annual awards dinner on Saturday evening in front of a packed clubhouse. The  dinner and awards night concludes what has been another busy season for all involved at the club.
  After a fantastic three course meal provided by Michael Hewitt of ‘Oban Spitroasts/Argyll All Occasions Catering Company’ club president Sandy Rokitta gave a brief overview of the season so far that was dominated by some overwhelming success fro our fantastic ladies team. The Ladies were awarded Scottish Rugby Womens Club if the season at the Unions awards dinner at Murrayfield on Friday, this is a massive achievement for the team that the whole club and town should be very proud of.
  The clubs 1st XV have had a very frustrating season is West Division 1 and will find themselves playing in division 2 from September.
  Saturdays awards winners from the 1st XV were; Top points Scorer, Craig Wright, Best Trainer, Jonathan Sayer, Most Improved, Kyle Graham, Best Newcomer, Matt Walker, Player of the Year, Craig Wright, Young Player, Jack Strachan & Player Player, Craig Wright.
  The award winner from the Ladies section were; Top points scorer, Lucy Stewart, Best Trainer, Ellie MacNiven, Most Improved, Ailsa MacLachlan, Best Newcomer, Eika Skofca, Player of the Year, Erica Skofca, Young Player, Ellen Barlow & Players Player Erica Skofca.
  Clubperson of the year went to George Hamilton for his dedication to all teams including youth, mens and ladies in his fantastic pitch side first aid support. George is also a valuable member of the clubs committee holding the very important role of Child Protection Officer.
  The 1st XV’s Bulgarian Internationals Radostin Maksimov and Vasil Borisov were also congratulated with their National Team success this season.
  Outgoing 1st XV Coach Corrie Louw was also presented by gifts from the club and players for his hard work and dedication towards coaching the team over the past seven seasons in what has been an extremely successful time for Oban Lorne RFC.

Club Dinner 2018

Club Dinner tickets for this Saturday 2nd of June are selling fast.

 

Please contact Allan Wright on 07540080474 to confirm your place.

Tickets cost £20 and includes a three course meal, season awards and disco.

6.30/7pm start in the clubhouse. Smart/ club tie dress

U18s lift West Regional Bowl!

West Region U18 Bowl Final
Oban Lorne welcomed Dumfries Saints to Glencruitten on Saturday, the Saints had made the long journey up and kick off was pushed back to 2:30pm on a great day for Rugby.
 
The Oban team led by Kieron Morrison and Euan Shearer were missing captain Lorne Sinclair as he was racing in the Bristish Quad Championshihp but their number had been bolstered by the addition of a number of players from Lochaber Rugby club since Christmas and all the replacements would be required in what was sure to be a tough competition.
 
A vocal support had turned out to support the 18’s as Willie Malone got the game underway. Oban received the kick off and utilised their forwards to break the Saints line defence. Craig Cook and Euan Shearer were proving difficult to stop and Oban held much of the possession in the opening exchanges. When Dumfries got the ball they looked sharp and the full back caused problems when running in the loose. Excellent tackling from Finn Charlton and David Cameron halted Dumfries but an early Penalty 30m out gave them the opportunity to take the lead.
 
The penalty was kicked and Dumfries took the lead 3-0. Oban then got in to the swing of things and applied lots of pressure in the defence, leading to a number of knock ons by the Saints who were still trying to get the journey out of their legs. Oban knew they had to capitalise on the slow start and it was David Cameron who was causing problems in the centre. James Divers was making good ground at 10 and feeding Cameron, Cook and Morrison with the offloads. The forwards were knocking on the door and twice the Oban team were judged to be held up over the line.
 
The pressure paid off as Kieron Morrison was able to open the scoring for Oban, Andrew Ritchie added the extra points making it 7-3 for Oban. Oban received the restart and went back to work; strong running from Divers at stand off and the centres of Jack Hamilton and David Cameron were linking well. A kick chase from Cameron resulted in a bad injury and he was forced to retire early. Coaches Gordon Shearer and Murray Hamilton were forced to make the changes around the park to accommodate the loss of Cameron. Oban again were keeping possession and making the most of the ball. Dumfries were starting to look dangerous but knock ons and the Oban defence were keeping them at bay. A great drive from the forward pack created space on the right wing and Morrison popped up to get the back and made a 20 yard break getting over the line for a second score. Ritchie converted the points; the score now 14-3 to the home side.
 
Some big defensive hits from Dumfries closed out the half and Charlton was forced to leave for a blood injury which was a big blow for the Oban pack. Alasdair Lilley stepped up and was playing his best game of the season; Stuart MacQueen from Lochaber and Ian Barlow proved solid at the Scrum which provided a good platform for Sandy Bavington and Divers to launch the oban attack.
 
It was a different start to the second half with a much changed starting 15 the Oban team found themselves under pressure. Dumfries started to click and the journey was clearly long forgotten about; this time it was Oban who had to put in the defensive cover; a number of kicks were fielded well by the back three of Ritchie, Fulford and Gordon. Angus Moss was working well at the breakdown to secure possession for Oban but Dumfries were experienced and gained a number of penalties by beating Oban to the tackle. The pressure on Oban was high and a missed timed kick from our own line provided the opportunity for the Saints to strike a blow. They recovered the ball and despite the best efforts of the defence Dumfries were able to score again and covert 14-10 to Oban.
 
This was now proving a real test for the Oban team and players across the park stepped up, Stuart MacQueen had a great solo break, supported by Craig Cook and Kieron Morrison. It was Morrison who made the final yards before being able to offload to Angus MacLeod who powered over for Obans third try. It was Ritchie again who stepped up and made the conversion 21-10.
 
Dumfries rallied in the final 10 minutes of the games and nerves were showing from the Oban players. Changes were made and the time it took to settle allowed Dumfries to get the upper hand. Penalties at the break down allowed Saints to get in to the Oban 22 where they were able to sneak in at the corner to score. 21-15 now with the conversion from the touchline; the kick was a great effort but just sailed under the bar. With only 2 minutes left on the clock Oban had to restart and give the ball back to the Saints then defend for their lives. The young Green machine held their composure and an excellent turn over by Euan shearer gave the Oban side possession. Still requiring to run the clock down the young team showed great composure with Moss, MacLeod, Shearer and Cook all taking the ball in and keeping things tight; a break down the left wing opened up and Oban took their chance to finish the game but a knock on halted proceedings. However that was enough and Mr Malone called full-time and the Oban team celebrated a much deserved victory against a very powerful Dumfries side.
 
Man of the match for the day was Kieron Morrison who surely has caught the eye of the senior coaches watching that match. A number of these players will now go on to represent the 1st XV. “The coaches are extremely proud of how hard the boys have worked all season and their level of commitment is second to none. I am delighted for them. I’d also like to thank the new shirt sponsors “stoddarts” and the volunteers at the club and the grounds staff who made this pitch perfect for the match today.” Said Murray Hamilton (U18’s coach) when summing up the event.
 
Sandy Rokitta, Oban Lorne president was on hand to present the team with a trophy from the SRU. We would like to thank Dumfries for making the long journey up to Oban. The season is now finished for the 18’s, and it has finished on a high. Hopefully we will see these boys playing 1st XV rugby in the near future

Oban Lorne 64-15 Helensburgh

BT WEST DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 31ST MARCH

OBAN LORNE 64-15 HELENSBURGH

Oban Lorne welcomed Argyll rivals Helensburgh RFC to Glencruitten on Saturday in what was a must win game for the Greenmachine in the battle against relegation. Helensburgh sat bottom of the table on -4 points going into the game while Oban were 12 points ahead sitting 11th. A win would narrow the gap on fellow relegation candidates Irvine and Cambuslang who both had tough fixtures over the weekend.

Coach Corrie Louw was able to field a very strong starting XV. The only first choice players missing from action were scrum half Finlay Carmichael and back row Richard MacKay.

Local referee Willie Malone was in charge for the day and would have a busy afternoon ahead in a high scoring game.

The home side dominated territory and possession in the opening exchanges of the game but could not find a cutting edge to create and opening try. A Craig Wright penalty was missed after 10 minutes as Oban managed to build some good pressure near the line.

Oban’s first try of the game came on 12 minutes as some good play in the 22 resulted in a Tommy Sutherland offload near the line finding powerful winger Calum MacLachlan who touched down with ease. Captain, Wright made amends for his penalty miss by scoring a tricky conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Helensburgh improved after their shaky start and found good territory from dangerous runs by their outside centre and fullback. Connor Ferris strayed offside in the 22 allowing ‘Burgh’ to narrow the lead to 7-3 with a penalty attempt.

Calum MacLachlan was looking very dangerous on the left wing and was attracting significant interest from a worrying defence. MacLachlans trademark powerful play gifted his side some good territory eventually resulting in a 5 metre scrum. Oban’s strong pack drove the ball close to the line looking certain to score. Referee Malone decided that Helensburgh had prevented a certain try by knocking the ball out of Corrie Louws hands and awarded Oban a penalty try , 14-3.

Oban were well on top in the game and scored their third try of the game after 25 minutes. David McLaughlin had a fantastic run from halfway to put Oban 21-0 ahead with another Wright conversion.

Despite being comfortably ahead Oban were still a little rusty in some areas of play. Notably the teams tackling was not upto sufficient standard as Helensburgh breached the gain line on too many occasions. Credit must be given to the away side who attacked well at times and hit back with their first try of the day on 30 minutes to narrow Oban’s lead to 21-10.

Craig Wright responded immediately for his team as the fullback raced in from 20 meters out after some good build-up play from a strong scrum. This sealed the bonus point try and a healthy 28-10 lead.

The Greenmachine looked to add to their lead before the break but were undone with some sloppy lineout play which had in general been a negative area of the teams play.

Oban made a storming start to the second half and added to their tally within the first 20second off the kick off. Calum MacLachlan made Helensburgh pay for a lapse in defence as the winger ran in from 35 meters giving what was now handsome 35-10 lead.

Helensburgh though refused still to let this dampen their spirits and hit back straight away with another well worked try narrowing the lead briefly to 35-15.

With only 5 minutes gone in the half the third try arrived, again for Oban as Stand Off Iwan Rhys Roberts scored his first try for the club. At 42-15 ahead Oban could now relax a little, something they have not been able to do any game so far this season.

Oban’s shaky lineout play was improving into the second half, that along with a strong scrum gave an excellent  base to attack from. Helensburgh were reduced to 14 men briefly with their fullback lying injured. Craig Wright capitalised on this by kicking into the vacant space putting pressure on the ‘Burgh’ winger who knocked on allowing Wright to dive over for his second score of the day.

Another try followed with Prop Connor Ferris diving over from close range , 54-15 to Oban Lorne.

As the half wore on tiredness creeped in . Changes were made with Andrew’s Johnston and MacDougall coming of the bench replacing Connor Ferris and Lorne MacLachlan while Daniel Kemp replaced Radi Maksimov. Jonathan Sayer also came on for Jack Strachan in the second row.

The quality of the game went downhill as it wore on. The majority of play was in midfield with some handling errors creeping in for both teams.

Oban scored two further tries in the closing stages to run out convincing 64-15 winners. First Inside Centre Jamie Bate sailed through a huge gap in the defence to score his first try since returning from injury. The last try came late on as a result of a driving maul close to the line. Player/ Coach Corrie Louw touched down to seal a very handsome victory for the men in Green.

Saturday’s win gifts Oban 5 points meaning the gap to Irvine RFC has been reduced to 5 points. Cambuslang are not far off, 6 points ahead. Oban Lorne have game sin hand on the teams above them and have a few ‘winnable’ matches coming up between now and the end of the season.

The task remains a tough one for Oban Lorne who this weekend welcome league leaders Carrick RFC. The teams met only two weeks ago with an understrength Oban going down 87-18. Saturdays game will likely be played at North Connel to give Oban Lorne Ladies the best possible pitch conditions for their National Bowl Semi Final on Sunday, Kick off 3pm.

  1. Sutherland, R. Maksimov, C. Louw, J. Baxter, J. Strachan, L. MacLachlan, S. Povey,
  2. Borisov, I. Rhys Roberts, D. McLaughlin, J. Bate, G. MacEachan, C. MacLachlan, C. Wright
  3. Johnston, A. MacDougall, J. Sayer, A. Houston, D. Kemp

Fixtures pileup for Oban Lorne

BT WEST DIVISION 1

ANNAN P-P OBAN LORNE

Oban Lorne’s fixture pileup continues with another postponed fixture, this time in the form of Saturdays trip away to Annan. Pitch conditions due to melting snow and a heavy downpour of rain meant that the game could not go ahead at Annans Violetbank pitch.

Saturdays postponement was a huge blow for Oban Lorne who possessed a full and strong match day squad. The team still have a huge tally of ten games remaining that need to be played between now and Saturday 19th of May.

Oban now find themselves ten points adrift of safety in the league but possess three games in hand on some of the teams above them.

This Saturday the team entertain mid table Kilmarnock at Glencruitten. The sides met earlier in the season with Killie recording a thumping 106-13 win over an understrength Oban team. Kick off is 3pm at Glencruitten. The Clubhouse will also be open for all of Saturdays Nat West Six Nations fixtures.

BT WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2

OBAN LORNE P-P ROYAL DICK VET COLLEGE

Oban Lorne Ladies were left without another fixture on Sunday as Royal Dick Vet Ladies conceded the National League 2 tie due to a lack of available players. This means that Oban Lorne have now won the league title and have sealed their promotion to National League 1 for the 2018/19 season.

For Oban the focus is now on their two remaining league fixtures but also the task of the meeting between themselves and Howe of Fife Women on Sunday 8th of April in the Semi Final of the BT National Bowl Competition. The sides will battle for a place in the National Final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 28th of April.

This Sunday Oban Lorne Ladies travel away from home to take on mid table Grangemouth RFC. The teams met earlier in the season with Oban recording a 68-0 win.

Beast from the East impacts rugby fixtures

BT WEST DIVISION 1

GREENOCK WANDERERS RFC P-P OBAN LORNE

Saturdays Rugby programme across the country felt the full effects of the ‘ Beast from the East’ with almost all Premiership, National and Regional league fixture across the country being postponed.

Greenock notified Oban Lorne’s team management on the Thursday evening that there would be no game in Inverclyde due to a large amount of snow on the playing surface. This came as no surprise but meant yet another rearranged fixture for the Greenmachine.

The 2017/18 season has been a frustrating one for many West Regional Clubs with the decision of going to  a 12 team league having a major impact on the length of the playing season. With a total of referees and pitches have been severely stretched to a point where a few clubs are questioning their long term involvement in the setup.

As things stand Oban Lorne will be playing league rugby as far ahead as the 12th of May without taking Saturdays postponement into account. The team still have 10 league games remaining.

Oban Lorne currently occupy 11th place in the league and face the very real possibility of relegation come the end of the season. The club do have several winnable fixtures coming up.

This Saturday the team make the long trip to take on Annan RFC. The sides met in January with the visitors recording a 26-15 win at Glencruitten.

The next home game for Oban Lorne is against bottom club Helensburgh RFC on the 31st of March, Kick off 3pm.

BT WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2

KELSO P-P OBAN LORNE LADIES

Oban Lorne Ladies fixtures away to Kelso was also postponed on Sunday due to pitch and weather conditions. The Green  Army will have to wait until this Sunday for a chance to secure the National League 2 title with the visit of Royal Dick Vet College Women to Glencruitten. Sundays fixture kicks off at 2pm.

The squad are stepping up their preparations for the upcoming BT National Bowl on Sunday 8th of April. Oban Lorne Ladies take on National 1 side Howe of Fife Women for a place in the National Final at BT Murrayfield.

Youth, Girls and Mini Rugby games postponed

Last weekends U18, U16, U15 Girls, U13/14 Boys and Mini Rugby fixtures were all postponed due to weather or travel conditions.

This week the U18s continue their West League Cup group with an away trip to Dalziel RFC while the U16s play at home to Whitecraigs.

East Kilbride 62-5 Oban Lorne

BT WEST DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 27TH JANUARY
EAST KILBRIDE 62-5 OBAN LORNE
A healthy Oban Lorne squad boasting 21 players travelled to the central belt on Saturday to take on East Kilbride RFC for the second time this season. The teams met at Glencruitten in October with EK battling out a narrow 10-8 win in a very physical game.
Oban were hoping for some much needed points going into the game with their lowly league position causing some concern for the club particularly with bottom two Irvine playing Helensburgh. Fortunately Helensburgh failed to raise a side for Saturdays league fixture meaning neither team managed to pick up any points.
Coach Corrie Louw handed a start to Jamie Bate at Outside Centre allowing Captain Craig Wright to move onto the wing. Apart from that it was a fairly settled starting XV that took to the field.
With the strong wind an wintery conditions against them Oban did well to hold the home side out for the first 10 minutes of the game. Eventually EK opened the scoring for the day and went ahead with a try from a lineout drive close to the line taking a 5-0 lead.
Oban could not maintain any possession and really struggled at the set piece with the scrum in particular being dominant for the hosts powerful pack.
The try count opened up for the hosts as the play the conditions well and raced into a very convincing 38-0 halftime lead – a huge disappointment for the Oban side who were hopeful of their chances going into the match.
Halftime seemed to be a welcome break for Oban Lorne who came out firing in the second half and dominated the first 10 minutes. After a series of penalties being awarded Oban found themselves camped inside the EK half. A quick taken penalty was cross kicked by Stand Off Iwan Rhys Roberts and touched down by Hooker Radostin Maksimov who continued his impressive scoring record of late.
This however was as good as things got for the men in green as the hosts ran in a further four second half tries to run out 62-5 winners.
East Kilbride have been on a great run of form recently and find themselves with an outside chance of promotion along with Carrick, Garnock and Allan Glens.
Oban Lorne remain 10th in the league after Saturdays game and have yet another away journey this Saturday as they visit third placed Garnock. Garnock recorded a 25-19 win at Glencruitten in the first game of the season. Kick off is at 3pm.
The next home fixture for Oban Lorne is a crucial encounter against 9th placed Cambuslang on Saturday 10th of February – kick off 3pm.
Oban Lorne’s Glencruitten clubhouse will be open for this Saturdays opening Nat West 6 Nations fixture between Wales and Scotland. Kick off is at 2.15pm with all rugby fans welcome to come along and watch the game.

Oban Lorne Ladies 53-0 Kelso

After a couple of weekends off, the Green Army took to the pitch once more, this time at North Connel against visitors Kelso Women. With snow on the surrounding hills, it was a cold match, with conditions underfoot not ideal on the water-logged and muddy pitch. The visiting team of 17 players made their long journey to Oban the day prior to the match to arrive on the pitch fresh faced so Oban were expecting a tough, physical game. Oban began with matching numbers, although one substitute was already suffering from a broken finger before the game began.
Despite appearances, Kelso’s size and strength was no match for the Oban team on the day. Determined to maintain their undefeated record in the league to date, every single player worked hard from start to finish. The focus of recent training has been defence, which showed in the game as Kelso were not afforded any breakthrough runs at any point in the match.
The opening try of the game came for prop Georgia Mitchell after only 2 minutes, running straight through the Kelso defence to dive over the line, successfully converted by fly half Lucy Stewart. Five minutes later, Oban secured their second try, this time up the left wing for Rachel MacDonald, although Kelso fought hard to try and hold her up. Outside centre Erika Skofca smashed through the defensive line for another piece of impressive individual play as she brought the score to 19-0 after 12 minutes of play. This was quickly followed by another try for MacDonald, once more showing her impressive speed up the wing. Stewart was then afforded a try herself, keeping hold of the ball at fly half position from a breakdown to smash through the Kelso defence once more as missed tackles started to become their undoing. The Oban forward pack played impressively throughout the match, turning over multiple scrums under slippery conditions and securing the ball for the backs to show off their best moves. Some good handling and a well-executed set piece brought the ball to Skofca once more as she secured the final try of the first half, bringing the score to 38-0 at the whistle.
A hattrick for Skofca opened the second half, as she shrugged off tackles left, right and centre, sitting two Kelso players on the ground as they attempted to get in her way. Oban have certainly benefitted from her wealth of playing experience in Italy before joining the squad. Try number 8 of the match came for prop Ellie MacNiven, once more running straight through Kelso’s defensive line to drive over the try line. Kelso rallied as the second half played out, and Oban were beginning to show fatigue. The hosts allowed them significantly more time in Oban’s half during this 40 minutes than the opening equivalent. However, after some motivational encouragement from Captain Laura MacCormick and coach for the day Darrell Williams this was put to an end, and the final score of the game was a well-deserved try from quietly determined scrum half Audrey Barr, bringing the final score to 53-0.
Once more Oban Ladies have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with, despite initial feelings of uncertainty as the unknown Kelso team arrived in Oban. Impressively, they have managed to maintain their record of 0 points conceded in the whole season of league matches and aim to continue this winning streak against RDVC in Edinburgh next Sunday. The ladies train on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7pm, with information about this typically shared on their Facebook page ‘Oban Lorne Ladies Rugby Club’.

Oban Lorne 8-10 Irvine

BT WEST DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER
OBAN LORNE 8-10 EAST KILBRIDE
Oban Lorne took on mid table East Kilbride RFC at Glencruitten on Saturday as the home side looked to build on last weekends 28-12 win against bottom of the league Irvine RFC.
The Greenmachine have been struggling for a consistent team this season bit have rallied over the past couple of weeks to gather a more settled and consistent squad.
Front row options still pose a problem for Oban with Liam Burns and Tommy Sutherland missing for this game. Prop Darren Miller started his first game of the season while Cammy Smith also started after his try scoring appearance last weekend. There was also a return in the backline for powerful centre Callum MacLachlan.
Saturdays match was a physical affair with both forward packs cancelling eachother out at the breakdown. Oban failed to create any rhythm to their game with a misfiring lineout and a struggling scrum denying them with any constant possession.
Despite struggling at the set piece Oban led the first half 3-0 with a Finlay Carmichael penalty. The hosts defensive shape was also holding well after a barrage of attacks from a big EK pack.
Oban started to tire in the second period as the visitors hit back with a penalty to tie the score at 3-3. The game could have gone either way at this point with EK dominating territory and possession but Oban looking dangerous on the counter with a couple of promising breaks.
A series of powerful play from the visitors resulted in the first try of the day with 15 minutes to go giving Oban a 10-3 deficit to recover from going into the closing stages.
The East Kilbride try seemed to waken the men in green as they dominated the remaining stages of the game. A Carmichael penalty with 10 minutes to go sailed narrowly wide before Oban started a barrage of attacks on the tryline.
Oban looked to score on a number of occasions with powerful runs from the likes of Connor Ferris, Jack Strachan and Corrie Louw. The away defence held firm but started to become ill disciplined and lost a player to the sin bin with a few minutes remaining.
Oban pushed and pushed for a try which eventually came on the last play of the game with Prop Connor Ferris forcing himself over the line. Unfortunately the conversion attempt was narrowly missed meaning the visitors took the spoils 10-8 in what was a very physical encounter.
The Oban performance met the standards expected from the side over the few years showing that huge improvements have been made over the past few weeks after a couple of heavy defeats.
This Saturday Oban make the long trip to face fellow league strugglers Stewartry RFC in Castle Douglas in what could prove to be a season defining game.
Oban Lorne’s next home fixture is against league new comers Greenock Wanderers RFC on Saturday 21st of October.